Mom and Dad, this post is somewhat for you as some of my favorite memories are wrapped around the themes of shows you and I watched when I was a child.
I recently stumbled across the theme for Hill Street Blues the other day on YouTube, followed by M*A*S*H, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dukes of Hazzard and Magnum P.I. and it really got me thinking about how many emotions seeing these intros or listening to these themes brought back from my childhood.
The 1970’s and 1980’s were a pinnacle era in my perspective. They were the last age of humanity before the Internet. Before instant gratification and instant access to everything at your fingertips.
It really amazes me how much a song can evoke memories. I can recall laying in my bed and hearing down the hall my mother or father watching M*A*S*H or some other television show and the warmth of being lulled to sleep as it played in the background. Or tuning in each week (when you actually had to wait for television shows) to watch Michael Landon in “Little House on the Prarie” or one of my favorite actors Ernest Borgnine in “Airwolf” or better yet, David Hasselhoff in “Knight Rider”. These shows help to sculpt my childhood, helped to make me dream of other worlds or different places.
Where were you when Miami Vice came on, Magnum P.I. or L.A. Law? What was your favorite 1970’s or 1980’s show? (I know that The Andy Griffith Show below is a stretch, I just remember watching re-runs of it as a child)
Here’s a small selection of some of my favorite childhood show’s themes, if you think I should add one, let me know!